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Heather Sivaraman

Immigration Attorney at Carrboro, NC

5.0   36 reviews
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2008
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Sivaraman Immigration Law's founder, Heather Sivaraman, brings an exceptional level of initiative, creativity and dedication to the practice of Immigration Law. A 2008 graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law, she is an active member of the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the American Health Lawyers Association and the International Medical Graduate Taskforce. Her practice focuses exclusively on employment and family based immigration, with particular expertise in assisting clients in the healthcare and education sectors.

Heather began her career in immigration law as an immigration attorney in a prominent NC immigration law firm. She has since successfully advocated on behalf of hundreds of individuals, families, and businesses before state and federal agencies on complex immigration matters. Her practice emphasizes helping highly-educated and skilled workers obtain U.S. legal status and facilitating companies’ compliance with laws regarding the employment of foreign nationals. She has also raised awareness of immigration issues through engagement with local schools and universities, mentorship of law students and new attorneys, and by serving as a guest lecturer on immigration at the University of North Carolina and North Carolina Central University.

作为Sivaraman Immigration Law的创始人,Sivaraman律师一直致力于提供高质量,个性化的移民服务。她在办理J-1豁免,国家利益豁免(NIW)和EB-1, EB-2, EB-3申请方面有着多年的丰富经验, 同时还擅长于办理O-1和H-1B的申请。

教育背景:

北卡罗来纳大学法学博士

北卡罗来纳大学社工硕士

佛罗里达大学心理学学士 

会员资格:

美国移民律师协会会员

北卡罗来纳州律师协会会员 

Recognition

Heather has been chosen by peer review to appear in The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers each year from 2011 to 2015, and in The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers in 2012 and 2013.Heather is regularly invited to speak to professional organizations, public and private employers, and immigrant interest groups nationwide. In 2015, Heather was a finalist and the sole immigration practitioner nominated for the Chapel Hill Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Under 40 Award.

Policy Advocacy

In addition to her exceptional work on behalf of her firm and clients, Heather has also demonstrated an abiding commitment to improving immigration services and policies at state and national levels. She is a former Chair the North Carolina Bar Association Immigration Law Committee and, at the national level, Heather served as the Legislative Advocacy Chair for the Carolinas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), a professional organization comprising more than 150 immigration lawyers in North and South Carolina. As a result of her legislative advocacy efforts, Heather has established a reputation as a fierce advocate for immigrant rights, one who vividly articulates the many contributions of foreign-born individuals to their U.S. employers and communities, thoughtfully discusses the challenges many immigrants face in acquiring legal status, and crafts thought-provoking responses to immigration-related questions and concerns raised by Congressional members and staff.

Background

Prior to practicing immigration law, Heather served as an International Adoption Program Director at a multinational non-profit organization in Washington D.C., and as an Adoption Case Manager at an adoption agency in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she assisted families adopting children internationally from Kazakhstan and Russia. She continues to have a passion for adoption issues, and regularly provides consultations to families adopting children internationally.

During law school, Heather was awarded a U.S. Department of State Foreign Language and Area Studies Scholarship to study Russian Language in St. Petersburg, Russia. In addition to her Juris Doctorate (JD), Heather has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Florida and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Heather lives in Carrboro with her son Arin and cat, Tiger Torpedo.

Location

Sivaraman Immigration Law
400 West Weaver Street
Carrboro, NC, 27510

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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Experience
Heather helped me with my N400 application. The process was very smooth and completely stress-free. I would highly recommend her services to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2024
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Representation
Heather and her team have made the immigration process exceedingly smooth. Based on my situation Heathet informed me of what needed to be done and it was exactly as she said-no deviations. I was worried about going through the process but in less than a year my status has been adjusted and I am wholeheartedly recommending Heather and her office because of their knowledge and ability to deliver on what they said they would. Thank you Heather and your team!
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Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2024
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Highly recommend, wonderful experience
We’re thankful for Heather and Michele’s support during our I-130 process. Their kindness and thoroughness made the journey smooth. They understood our situation well, recommending the best visa process. We highly recommend them and the Sivaraman Immigration Law team to anyone dealing with immigration complexities.
Posted by Kinga | July 24, 2023
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Wonderful Law Office
I had a wonderful experience working with Heather. My mom’s immigration seemed impossible first but Heather made the whole process very easy and dream came true. Thank you!
Posted by Grace | December 7, 2022
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Superb Service
Since Day 1 of getting hired by my employer Heather and her team provides excellence assistance in guiding me and getting the visa approved. They also provide superb assistance in getting my green card approved. They give you utmost priority, replies to inquiries promptly and updates you regulary. I highly recommend them!
Posted by Sina | November 30, 2022
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Great experience
Great experience working with Ms. Sivaraman. She was always available within few hours to address any concerns, was aware of all the changes in immigration laws, and was passionate and optimistic. Highly recommend her.
Posted by Ketan | September 16, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Recommend whole heartedly
I have been working closely with Heather and team - initially for my NIW and later on my permanent residence application. Even know a few of my friends who have used their services. I would recommend them wholeheartedly. They are very professional and show extreme dedication to each of their clients with personalized attention. Thanks a ton and appreciate your help very much.
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Posted by anonymous | October 2, 2021
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Doctors
We get to know Sivaraman Law Firm through employment because of our visa process. They did an amazing job to get our process be resolved as fast as it can be. Heather, Jing, Natalie are always available to help you, answer your questions and concerns. Great and easy to work with, highly efficient and helpful. Highly recommend!!!
Posted by Bharat | August 12, 2021
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Excellent lawyer
Ms. Sivaraman and her practice is truly professional. I have worked with her for almost 7 years and I could not have worked with a better attorney. She is thorough and very knowledgeable in her field but at the same time if any area that is outside her domain she is very honest to let you know as well. She is quick to respond for any questions or queries on email and will take time to answer your phone calls. On the phone I have never found her rushed and she will take time to explain everything. Overall here is a practice that is not just after money but really has an intent to help folks like me to help navigate the twisted streets of the US immigration system. She has her heart in the right place.
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Posted by Naresh | August 6, 2021
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Great service over the years
We had our green card recently approved after many years of waiting. During this time, we had many questions and Heather always listened patiently, provided the answers and reduced our anxiety. She provided great professional service for our case. Thanks so much!!
Posted by Sankar | June 29, 2021
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Excellent and Professional Service
I worked with Sivaraman Immigration Law in successfully applying for a green card in the EB1 category. Heather and Natalie guided me through the different steps of the process thoroughly and professionally. Communication was excellent with timely updates and reminders. They were available to talk over the phone when needed. Overall, it was a very smooth experience working with them and I would highly recommend their service without any reservation.
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Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2021
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Best immigration attorney
Heather is kind, empathetic and EXTREMELY knowledgeable -- by far, the best immigration attorney out there!
Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Excellent service
Heather Sivaraman handled all my immigration needs from J-1 visa to green card. I was very impressed by her professionalism from day one. She (and Jing Huang) made the whole process very smooth. She was very knowledgeable, gave necessary information in a timely manner, and was available to answer questions. I highly recommend Heather and Jing.
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Posted by La Toya | October 8, 2020
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Excellent Service!!
I would highly recommend Sivaraman Immigration Law. I had the pleasure of working with Jing Huang and she is the absolute best. She was professional, knowledgeable and always available to deal with your concerns and give her advise. They make the process smooth and stress free. Would choose Sivaraman again in a heartbeat!
Posted by Marcia | September 3, 2020
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Amazing Immigration Lawyer!!!
One of the best choice in my life : ) Thank you so much for your hard work; Patience; Honest; Time; Respect; Guidance;Always call me back and constantly give great advice to help me to reach my goal/Green Card!! I will always be thankful for you and your company. I really appreciate you!! It has truly been a pleasure to have you as a lawyer.
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Posted by jason | February 14, 2020
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great experience!
heather anticipated all our questions and was very accessible, helpful, and professional through the green card process. thanks for all your help!
Posted by Susana Benites | November 27, 2019
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Thank you
I highly recommend Heather Immigration Law. They helped me to get my Work visa and then to get my Green card through marriage. Mrs. Heather and Mrs. Jing Huang are amazing attorneys. They are available all the time, answering questions or even giving you advice or just positive vibes and supportive comments. I remember the day that my work visa was denied, Mrs. Heather called me and told me not to give up that she will fight for my case, all I needed was to say “yes” so she could refile my case. Mrs. Jing delivered personal documents to my employer, and because of their hard work I got my work visa approved in second time. I’m so thankful for these amazing ladies. Keep doing an incredible job and helping people out there that need attorney like you.
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Posted by Mary | November 16, 2019
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Attention to details and excellent work
Sivaraman Immigration Law made my green card processing less stressful. I did not expect the process to take less than 2 years from filing the PERM up to the interview (EB-3). I even remember how Atty. Sivaraman took time to personally make time to meet me in my work place to give an overview of how the process would take. She and her co-attorney, Atty. Huang both have attention to detail and very thorough in doing the paperwork and always on time in updating me regarding any movement in my application. It is so wonderful that this whole process got approved faster than I have anticipated! Now, better opportunities are opened for me and my whole family.
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Posted by po-han | November 14, 2019
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highly recommended
I worked with Heather and her team for my family-based green card application. They are very responsive and patient for lots of my questions. Although the waiting time is long and difficult for many applicants including myself, however, I can feel that Heather and her team are very considerate and professional to ease my anxiety. Definitely highly recommended!
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Posted by María Teresa | November 13, 2019
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They are the best
Heather and her team are the best advisers we could think of: good professional team, active listeners, experience, kindness, good advice........all in the same place. I felt we had an amazing team supporting us in every step. We could not be happier to be able to count on them. I I recommend this crew without hesitation. Keep up the good work!! And thank you for your help!!
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Education

  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • MA - Masters
  • 2008
  • University of North Carolina School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • University of Florida
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2000

Associations

  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Member, Former Legislative Advocacy Chair for Carolinas Chapter
  • 2008 - Present
  • International Medical Graduate Taskforce
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • North Carolina State Bar, Immigration Law Committee
  • Former Chair
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Mandarin

Honors and Awards

  • The International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers
  • Who's Who Legal
  • 2015
  • Young Professionals Under 40 Award- Finalist
  • Chapel Hill Chamber of Commerce
  • 2015
  • The International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers
  • Who's Who Legal
  • 2014
  • The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers
  • Who's Who Legal
  • 2013
  • The International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers
  • Who's Who Legal
  • 2013
  • The International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers
  • Who's Who Legal
  • 2012
  • The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers
  • Who's Who Legal
  • 2012
  • The International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers
  • Who's Who Legal
  • 2011
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • American Immigration Lawyer’s Association Annual Conference
  • Adjustment of Status and Consular Processing
  • 2021
  • North Carolina Association of International Educators
  • Walk the Line: Unauthorized Practice of Law and International Student Advisors
  • 2016
  • Assurgent Medical Solutions
  • Hiring International Medical Graduate Physicians 101 for Recruiters and HR
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (7)
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Immigration Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Heather is a knowledgeable, hard working, and ethical immigration attorney. She is a leader in the business immigration community and has a lot of experience working with physicians, educators, and other skilled professionals. Heather is a pleasure to work with and takes the needs of her clients very seriously."
Immigration Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Heather is an excellent, well-respected attorney in her field. I have been fortunate to work with her on several immigration matters, and I appreciate her caring, organized, and efficient approach."
Immigration Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Heather is a former coworker. She is well respected in the immigration law community for employment and family law immigration. She has given numerous presentations on immigration options for physicians."

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Carrboro Immigration Lawyer Heather Sivaraman
Heather Sivaraman
Immigration Attorney
Carrboro, NC
Licensed for 15 years